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Gabba Gabba Hey – Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Storms Lanzarote

Wednesday April 29, 2015

Gabba Gabba Hey – Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Storms Lanzarote

Hey ho, let’s go……Lanzarote is rarely blessed with visits by many of the musical greats... but tomorrow marks a true exception as the island welcomes a genuine punk rock legend in the form of Marky Ramone, former drummer of 70’s sonic storm troopers The Ramones.

Whilst The Ramones may not have clocked up many hits or enjoyed much in the way of chart success they have always enjoyed the compensation and kudos of having been a genuinely seminal influence on the nascent punk rock scenes in both the UK and US, spearheading a new wave of three cord thrash sounds that truly took the world by storm. And this influence and their achievements have been recognized in more recent years, as the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 whilst walking off with a Grammy Life Time Achievement Award in 2011.

Sadly Marky Ramone is now the only surviving member of the band’s classic 70’s line up, but although he didn’t join the Ramones until 1978, four years after their original inception, there’s absolutely no questioning his punk rock pedigree. As Marky started out drumming for another hugely influential New York punk legend, Richard Hell, who along with his band the Voidoids released the classic seven inch Blank Generation in 1977.

Marky then joined the Ramones in 1978, replacing original drummer Tommy, and the rest is history. As the group went on to record their ground breaking LP Road To Ruin in that same year, which showcases some of their best known cuts such as I Want To Be Sedated.

Despite the fact that he is now 62, Marky is still blazing the punk rock torch as the driving force behind his band Blitzkrieg, whilst also penning a best-selling book, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, My Life As A Ramone.

So grab the chance to catch his free gig tomorrow night, April 30th, in the Parque Islas Canarias in Arrecife, where Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg will be on stage from around 11pm, performing many of the Ramones best known tunes as well as their own compositions.

 

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